By Elisa C. Marques
Missouri Valley College introduced this fall a new member of its faculty: Brian Ferguson, the new Public Safety Director. Prior to his arrival at Valley, Ferguson was in the military for 26 years and found in a small college campus the perfect atmosphere for his retirement from the army.
Originally from Wisconsin, Ferguson adapted pretty well to the Marshall community and is already making great changes in the Public Safety Department. A new car was purchased to better attend the necessities of students and the officers are getting equipment upgrades in the next weeks.
“It’s going to be lighter, more durable, and it will allow them to move around easier. We’re also getting more reflective material, so you will be able to see us better,” Ferguson said.
Responsible for ensure that all students, faculty and staff are provided with a safe and secure environment, Ferguson works closely with the Marshall Police Department, Marshall Fire Department and the Saline County 911 Emergency Center.
“If we have situations that escalate, they are ready to come out and help us,” Ferguson said.
The main concerns of the Department here at Valley are the alcohol incidents, fights and assaults. There is not a high crime rate on campus, but there is some crime that needs to be taken care of and addressed appropriately, and Ferguson is doing exactly that. According to Diane Dellasala, office coordinator of the department, Ferguson is getting things done.
“It’s noticeable how the Department has been improving,” she said. “He is more hands on.”
A Facebook page was also created to better communicate with students. Ferguson said that this connection through social media is vital because students nowadays communicate either through social media outlets or texting.
“We hope that now students are more aware of things that are going on here,” Ferguson said.
The Department is also currently working on their web page on the MVC website due to complaints that it’s hard to navigate if you’re not familiar with the platform.
From fire prevention measurements to programs for sexual assault prevention, the Public Safety Department is providing to students the environment necessary to grow up as human beings.
“We don’t sit on things, we try to find the answer, and we’re very active here. Students should be able to trust on our job and come to us when they need any type of assistance,” Ferguson added.
The MVC Department of Public Safety works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.